Time for Time

My visit to see time was great! I have been interested in clocks and the history of the Royal Navy for years. This it was avrral pleasure to visit the Nrlson displays in the Maritime Museum and then go to the Meridian and come face to face with the Harrison timepieces!

It gave me a bit of a shiver to see H4!

When I was very young I would listen on shortwave radio to hear the inexorable passage of the seconds minutes hours calculated from Greenwich Mean Time.

Here I am as I write this and send it.

What comes to mind is the line from Scripture that the passage of our days is like the shuttle of a loom.

Just some time out from my time quest.

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  1. RJ says:

    A few years ago I read an excellent book on the subject of time called Greenwich Time and Longitude by Derek Howse.

  2. Jim of Maryland says:

    There is also an excellent film in DVD by the A & E Channel on Harrison and his clocks with Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon entitled Longitude.

  3. Ohio Annie says:

    The book “Longitude” is a great read.

  4. Goofy says:

    Agreed – “Longitude” is a great read.

  5. Matthew says:

    Father, I’m glad you got to go to Greenwich. I went there in 2004, and it was amazing to see the Harrison clocks still running! I have “Longitude” in both the paperback and illustrated versions.

  6. Richard says:

    I don’t covet many things, but the Astronomer Royal’s house at Greenwich is top of the list. Imagine living and working there (as the early holders of the office did).

  7. Jayna says:

    I loved the Maritime Museum. The Nelson exhibit was there when I went too. That was of particular interest to me since, well, I’m related to him. That and I love historical naval uniforms, so that was brilliant. Unfortunately the tram that goes up to the Observatory was not running when we went and as I had an elderly aunt with me, we couldn’t make the trip up on foot!

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